Eva Taylor – Live At The Pawnshop (2007)
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 4.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 48:35 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 2,39 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 964 MB
Features Stereo & Multichannel Surround Sound / OPUS3 # CD 22071
Singer Eva Taylor (1985-1977) was a blues-jazz vocal star in the first half of the twentieth century, and one of the very first African-American voices to be heard on the radio. Taylor sang in bands led or directed by the protean Clarence Williams, songwriter, pianist, and producer (also her husband). Before they became stars, jazz icons Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet also performed on some of her recordings. While she officially retired in the 1940’s, Taylor would perform sporadically. LEGENDARY is a live set recorded in Sweden in 1976 with a group of traditionally oriented (i.e., New Orleans, hot jazz, and ‘20s pop styles) locals. Backed by a band immersed in the era from which she sprang, Taylor’s rough yet resolute performances are a joy-filled link to pre-WWII classic jazz history.
It was certainly a magical night at the Pawnshop in March, 1976 when a young lady of 81 completely captured and entranced the audience with her stage presence and vibrant personality. Her communication with the musicians and audience combined to elevate her artistry beyond the aural level to include that indefinable ingredient…atmosphere. This atmosphere was retrieved from the Opus 3 vaults from 31 years ago and like a good wine has aged well as lovers of jazz from the twenties will appreciate. Eva Taylor is a direct link with the great era of jazz when she was singing with the Clarence Williams Blue Five and also with Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet who were coming to their peak as influential jazz geniuses in the mid twenties. The band which perfectly complements her artistry is Maggie’s Blue Five and includes Tomas Örnberg on clarinet & soprano saxophone and Bent Persson, trumpet from Tomas Örnberg’s Blue Five and later on, The Swedish Jazz Kings.
01. Everybody Loves My Baby
02. I Wish I Could Shimy Like My Sister Kate
03. I Found A New Baby
04. Papa De-Da-Da
05. Cake Walkin’ Babies From Home
06. Of All The Wrongs You’ve Done To Me
07. Are They Pickin’ On Your Baby
08. Mandy, Make Up Your Mind
09. High Society
10. I’m A Little Blackbird
Eva Taylor – vocals
Tomas Örnberg – clarinet, soprano saxophone
Bent Persson – trumpet
Jens ‘Jesse’ Lindgren – trombone
Andreas Heymowski – clarinet, bass clarinet
Hans Hultman-Boye – piano
Göran Stachewsky – banjo
Lennart Bohm – bass
Margaretha Thalén – vocals (10)
Arranged by Bent Persson.
Produced by Gösta Hägglöf. Engineered by Carl-Gunnar Franzén & Jan-Eric Persson.
Recorded on March 22, 1976 at “The Pawnshop”, Stampen, Sweden.
Mastered by Jan-Eric Persson & Thomas Eberger at Cutting Room AB.
A few words about the recording:
The Pawnshop (Stampen) in Stockholm is a relatively small Jazz/Blues club in Stockholm and when filled to capacity as it was for Eva Taylor’s wonderful performance the natural reverberation is virtually non-existent. Because the main artist is a vocalist a PA system is required in order that the performer can “reach” the audience. Unfortunately this produces an undesirable short delayed echo through leakage into the microphones for the horns etc. which is impossible to avoid in a live recording. The slight “puff” sounds which may be noticed on Eva’s vocals are the results of this but are the price you pay for the pleasure of a live performance.
Microphones: Neumann U-87, Neumann KMS-85, Neumann KM-84 and Shure SM-76
Analogue Tape Recorder: Sony TC-756 (Modified)
Tape: Ampex 9472 (Grand Master)
Digital Mastering Transfer: Genex 8500 and converters from EMM Labs. Inc.
Multi-Channel information – 4.1:
All frequencies below 60 Hz (24dB/octave) from the front channels is allocated to the LFE and all above to the left and right front channels.
As an advice to owners of an active sub-woofer, please set the crossover adjustment well above 60 Hz so as not to affect the matching with the front channels.
The center channel has not been utilized on this disc.